Qatar 2022: Pedri tips Messi, Argentina to lift World Cup

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 16: Pedri of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta at Camp Nou on May 16, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Spain and Barcelona midfielder, Pedro González López, known as Pedri, has named Lionel Messi-led Argentina as one of the favourites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The tournament in Qatar is set to kick off on 20 November and Argentina will start their campaign against Saudi Arabia on 22 November.

The La Albiceleste are in Group C and will also face Mexico and Poland on 27 November and 1 December, respectively.

Messi had already led Argentina to the finals of the FIFA World Cup back in 2014, where they lost to Germany following Mario Gotze’s exquisite extra-time goal.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was named the player of the tournament on that occasion and lifted the golden ball award.

Speaking about the favourite country to win the World Cup this year, Pedri did not mention Spain but backed Argentina to win the tournament.

He told ICON Magazine (via Barca Universal): “I see Argentina as one of the favourites to win, especially with Messi, who is still the best in the world, especially as it is his last World Cup and he will do everything he can to win it.”

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